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Smith said that his father taught him the meaning of having faith

FORTUNE’s Ellen Florian profiled NFLPA Exec Dir DEMAURICE SMITH under the header, “DeMaurice Smith: The Best Advice I Ever Got.” Smith said, “My grandfather F.D. (FREDERICK DOUGLASS) SMITH was both a Baptist preacher and a sharecropper outside of Danville, Va. He taught me that having faith is the courage to take steps forward even when you don’t know how the story is going to end.” Smith added, “One of the toughest moments was during March, when we had just finished federal mediation unsuccessfully. The way our collective-bargaining agreement worked, if we didn't make a decision at that point to pursue other remedies, we would have been foreclosed from pursuing those remedies for a very long time. And it wasn't the end of the process. It was the beginning of another process for which you didn't know how the story would end. Nonetheless, I knew I had to have faith that the step we were taking was right" (FORTUNE, 11/21 issue).

LOSING THE POPULAR VOTE: In London, Chris Bascombe wrote EPL club Liverpool Managing Dir IAN AYRE is “being snubbed in an attempt to join the Football Association Council.” It was the “first time Ayre had faced the rest of the league after causing a stir with remarks about how the [US$2.2B] foreign TV revenue is distributed.” Ayre stood for election “as one of eight Premier League representatives at the FA” but “lost out in a ballot of the 20 top flight clubs” to Sunderland Chief Exec MARGARET BYRNE (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 11/20).

COURT VICTORY: In Indianapolis, Jeff Swiatek reported Pacers Owner HERBERT SIMON and his wife, BUI, “have won a second court victory this year against former household employees who sued them over unpaid wages and other claims.” A Superior Court jury in L.A. last Thursday “rejected former nanny MAYRA ACOSTA's claim that she was owed $14,000 for back wages” (INDYSTAR.com, 11/18).

NOTES: New York photographer ARI MARCOPOULOS’s latest work, “TYSON CHANDLER,” is a 20-page fan tribute to the Mavericks center that “features none of his own photographs.” Artists “Xeroxed 150 copies, priced the zine at $10 to cover production costs and provided issues to six independent bookstores” in N.Y., L.A. and Germany. They have “since sold out” (WSJ.com, 11/19)….Lakers G KOBE BRYANT served as an honorary Chair for last Saturday’s United Way Homeless 5K Walk/Run in L.A. The event drew “a record of more than 5,000 participants who pledged to raise at least $100 each” (OCREGISTER.com, 11/21)….The Patriots hosted a coat drive Saturday at Patriots Place that benefited Cradles to Crayons, which helps collect supplies for kids in need (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/22)….TNT analyst SHAQUILLE O’NEAL on Friday “helped spread holiday cheer” at the Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center in Boston. O’Neal read Head Start students a story and “highlighted the work of the Action for Boston Community Development” (BOSTON.com, 11/18)....BROADCASTING & CABLE named Cablevision Chair CHARLES DOLAN, CBS and Viacom Chair SUMNER REDSTONE and Dodgers announcer  VIN SCULLY to its “8 Over 80” list (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 11/21 issue)….GQ named tennis player NOVAK DJOKOVIC and Bulls G DERRICK ROSE among its Men of the Year (GQ, 12/11 issue).

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